Bik­ing Bling

When it comes to gear and toys, noth­ing seems to get a triath­lete more ex­cited than the thought of adding a new gad­get to their bik­ing arse­nal. Whether it is an en­tire bike, a set of wheels or an­other ac­ces­sory, you can rest as­sured the triath­lete in your

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Lazer Wasp Air Tri Garneau Tri Air Lite

$400 Garneau’s X-Com­fort tech­nol­ogy is de­signed to ex­pand as your feet ex­pand, pre­vent­ing the tin­gling, numb­ness, hotspots and other is­sues triath­letes of­ten strug­gle with. (Care for a ride down the Queen K on Hawaii’s Big Is­land any­one?) The spe­cial ex­pand­able zone can stretch up to five mil­lime­tres to en­sure you’ll be com­fort­able on long rides no mat­ter whether you are rid­ing in Hawaii or Canada. You get a snug fit com­fort in a high-tech shoe (Lionel San­ders helped with the de­sign) that of­fers a wide open­ing, eas­ily ad­justable vel­cro straps and Ice­fil arch sup­ports.

$400 Go­ing fast is one thing, but get­ting to T2 first doesn’t ex­actly help if your head feels like it’s in a sauna. The 375 g Wasp Air Tri is de­signed to pro­vide the best aero­dy­nam­ics while also pro­vid­ing enough ven­ti­la­tion to keep you cool dur­ing even the warm­est races. There’s an Aqua­port at the top of the hel­met that even al­lows you to cool down by squirt­ing wa­ter into the hel­met, along with a front ven­ti­la­tion grid that draws air around your head. You can even move the in­te­grated lens forward for an ex­tra bit of air flow, too. The air­flow across your head helps keep things cool, while the Turn­fit re­ten­tion sys­tem keeps the hel­met snug and com­fort­able on your head.

Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Es­cape AmFIB Jacket

$250 This su­per-warm, wa­ter-re­sis­tant jacket uses Pearl Izumi’s AmFib tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide lots of breatha­bil­ity, while the strate­gi­cally placed ther­mal pan­els in the back help keep you warm and dry. The drop-tail hem helps pro­tect you from road spray, while the zip back pock­ets se­curely store gear.

Pi­o­neer Dura-Ace Dual Leg Power Me­ter Crankset

$1,700 Thanks to the Blue­tooth and ANT+ con­nec­tiv­ity, Pi­o­neer’s Dual Leg Power Me­ter will give you all the in­for­ma­tion you need whether you’re ham­mer­ing through a Zwift ses­sion or killing it out on the road. Set up is a breeze thanks to the Cy­clo-Sphere Con­trol App and you get in­de­pen­dent data for your left and right legs. This im­pres­sive crank can even tell you how ef­fi­cient you’re ped­al­ing if you pair the crank with a Pi­o­neer or Wa­hoo com­puter.

Pow­erTap P1 Ped­als

$1,080 Now, you can eas­ily get power from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent bikes by sim­ply switch­ing out your ped­als. The P1 Ped­als pro­vide pre­cise power mea­sure­ment from both legs along with lots of other met­rics to help you an­a­lyze your pedal stroke in fine de­tail. The sim­ple one-piece de­sign is easy to at­tach to any crank and, thanks to the Ant+ and Blue­tooth com­pat­i­bil­ity, you can use the P1 pedal with pretty much any head unit and smart trainer.

Shi­mano Dura Ace C60

$2,230, CLINCHER The 60 mm deep D2 rims used in this speedy wheelset were de­vel­oped through work­ing with speedy cy­clists and time in the wind tun­nel. All that in­put re­sulted in this su­per-fast wheel that sits in be­tween the pop­u­lar 40- and 80-mm rims you see so of­ten in T2, which means you get the ben­e­fits of the aero­dy­nam­ics with­out as much buf­fet­ing from cross winds. A wide rim and beefed up hub en­sures you’ll get out­stand­ing power trans­fer, too.

Enve SES 7.8 Disc

FROM $3,090, TUBU­LAR; FROM $3,350, TUBELESS CLINCHER With so many of the su­per-bikes on the mar­ket now us­ing disc brakes, Enve’s SES 7.8 Disc wheelset of­fers an­other great op­tion to pair with your speedy ride. The car­bon-fi­bre rims pro­vide out­stand­ing aero­dy­nam­ics to cut through the air with ease, while also re­main­ing ex­tremely stiff lat­er­ally so you get the most out of ev­ery pedal stroke.

Mavic Comete Pro Car­bon SL UST Disc

$2,499 Of­fer­ing out­stand­ing rolling ef­fi­ciency (15 per cent bet­ter than reg­u­lar tubed tires, ac­cord­ing to Mavic’s tests), these 24-spoke wheels from Mavic are much eas­ier to in­stall than other tubeless wheels. The 64 mm air­foil rim re­duces drag and won’t get buf­feted around in cross­winds, while the 26 mm width pro­vides a nice com­bi­na­tion of aero­dy­nam­ics, sta­bil­ity and tire in­te­gra­tion. Add in the disc brakes and you get pre­cise brak­ing that works well even in wet con­di­tions.

Pro Stealth Car­bon Sad­dle

$280 There’s lots of car­bon in this moulded, light­weight sad­dle that has a spe­cially de­signed slot that re­duces pres­sure, es­pe­cially when you’re down in the aero po­si­tion. The light­weight EVA pad­ding pro­vides just enough sup­port and com­fort with­out adding weight. You can eas­ily add ac­ces­sories, too, in­clud­ing the PRO cam­era mount or a fender for wet days.

Fab­ric Tri Flat Pro

$250 Weigh­ing just 176 g, this 134-mm long sad­dle fea­tures a full-length pres­sure relief chan­nel to en­sure you won’t go numb ex­actly where you don’t want to while rid­ing in the aero po­si­tion. There’s a re­mov­able bot­tle mount, an in­te­grated bike hanger and drainage chan­nels to en­sure any wa­ter from the swim or pour­ing over your head will flow away from your shorts. Fab­ric uses an in­no­va­tive con­struc­tion method to bond the water­proof mi­crofi­bre right on to the flex­i­ble base, which al­lows them to use softer foam for more com­fort.

Ven­tum One

FROM US$6,875 With its min­i­mal­ist de­sign, we’re see­ing more and more of this aero bikes in tran­si­tions these days. Cody Beals has pow­ered his Ven­tum One to a per­fect Iron­man record with wins at Iron­man Mont-Trem­blant and Iron­man Chattanooga, but he’s hardly the only triath­lete en­joy­ing the aero ben­e­fits of this frame. With wa­ter stor­age an in­te­gral part of the frame, you get lots of hy­dra­tion with­out hav­ing to move out of the aero po­si­tion. Avail­able as a frame­set, you can also build up your own com­plete bike with Shi­mano Di2 com­po­nents, Pi­o­neer power me­ters and more.

Cervélo P5X Di2 Flu­oro Green

$19,000 The P5X cel­e­brated it’s se­cond birth­day at the Iron­man World Championship this year and it re­mains a stand­out per­former in the ever-grow­ing su­per-bike cat­e­gory. A new Flu­oro Green paint job gives this bike a new look, but the aero­dy­namic fea­tures re­main the same. De­signed to be an aero­dy­namic won­der while car­ry­ing all the fuel, liq­uid and sup­plies you will need in a full-dis­tance race, the P5X of­fers a ver­sa­tile fit­ting sys­tem so you can dial in your best po­si­tion on the bike, too. Add in the cus­tom­ized Bknd travel case and you have the com­plete pack­age to get you through your next long-dis­tance tri both com­fort­ably and ex­tremely quickly.

Garmin 520 Plus

$380 Garmin leads the way when it comes to GPS train­ing com­put­ers and it’s easy to see why with the Edge 520 Plus. For those who like to com­pete both in races and while train­ing, pre­loaded Strava Live seg­ments al­low you to take on your own pre­vi­ous-best times or the splits from oth­ers. You can fol­low a route eas­ily thanks to the Garmin Cy­cle map and even com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers thanks to LiveTrack and GroupTrack, smart no­ti­fi­ca­tions and rid­erto-rider mes­sag­ing. Com­bined with a power me­ter and a heart rate strap this su­per-com­puter will mon­i­tor your VO2 max, Func­tional Thresh­old Power (FTP) and ped­al­ing ef­fi­ciency. The bright screen is easy to read and the com­puter will run for up to 15 hours on a charge.

Spe­cial­ized Air Tool Road Mini

$40 As fast as fill­ing a tube up us­ing a CO2 car­tridge might be, there are def­i­nite ad­van­tages to car­ry­ing a pump along with you when you ride – you get lots of uses out of a pump ver­sus the one-time-and-done car­tridge and you can also take the pump with you on the plane when you pack your bag for your next race or train­ing camp. The Air Tool Road Mini is tiny enough to fit in a sad­dle bag but still can get a whop­ping 100 psi into your tire and does it in a hurry thanks to the dou­ble-cham­ber de­sign. You even get an in­te­grated tube spool and tire lever so you’ll be com­pletely or­ga­nized and ready for your next flat.—KM

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